Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center on 1985-03-24
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You'll notice during Bertha the band jams a little harder, and the crowd goes wild after the lines; "Test me test me, why don't you arrest me? Throw me in the jailhouse, till the sun goes down."
Now you know why.
Subject: The Good Ole Days of '85
YES it struggled throughout '85 ...and that's a fact...
..but it doesn't mean he was singing "out of key" as an earlier poster wrote. His voice was "blowing out" ...not out of tune. There's a difference if you know music theory (I'm a musician and teacher). The passion is ALL there and '85 is one of my favorite years. Only gave it four stars because of the tough competition of '85 (I believe someone else wrote that too! :)). Althea is very "sneaky" IMHO...Deal smokes(!)...AND Spoonful
Is hauntingly accurate (as we now know!). Howlin' Wolf/Dixon knew their stuff! Jerry and Brent during Fantasy are awesome and the song is rare for that year.
BTW, IMHO the spaces in '85 (pre-midi) are all exceptional!
The second night was good as well but I'll save my review for that show.
I hope you ENJOY this show and CHEERS to GD in 1985!!!
Subject: Sorry if to long.
As far as the comments go on Jerry's voice / playing, this is what made this band so good. Take the Sampson intro Bobs mic isn't working yet so Jerry belts out the first line. Another thing I love is the flow they could go threw SMOKING HOT ENERGY To mellow Jazzy spacey jams. To me that's what made the substances people were on enjoy the music al the more highs and lows ups and downs, Kind of like tripping in the comfort of all your friends then someone having to run to the store for something . Reality set in. Just my analogy of how this band we love played night in night out.
Subject: Jerry's voice/unique 2nd set
Anyway, someone below wrote about the intangibles of this 2nd set. Normally an equip failure (Weir's mic for first verse of Samson) is not a way to kick off a set. But the crowd roars when he can finally be heard.
More significantly, the Cumberland>He's Gone>Spoonful seem smokey - if you will. I remember getting this bootleg about a month later and finding this combo to be spine tingling.
Definitely not a Jerry ballad after drumz - but still a solid '85 show.
4 stars b/c this imho is a stellar year and the competition is fierce.
Subject: No, actually, Jerry brings the house down!
The energy of this show rises.. and crushes. Leading up to a huge, perfect, blistering Throwing Stones > Not Fade Away combo to slam close the second set.
I honestly believe "corby112" listened to this right before nappy time and injected his own subjective lethargy into his review. How exactly does "Jerry disappear" but you say his leads are "still enthusiastic"? Huh? Your review makes no sense.
I saw 142 Grateful Dead shows between 1984 and 1995 and this was one of the most fun, energetic, crowd interactive, good time shows I saw out of all of them. The Springfield Civic was packed to the roof, the crowd was up, the boys were having a blast, the song selection is terrific and the energy throughout is top notch.
This night is exactly what Robert Hunter meant when he wrote "Steal Your Face Right Off Your Head".
Subject: Jerry disappears in the second set.
Unfortunately the second sets loses a lot of steam starting with a plodding Samson in which Bobby's mic is turned off for the first verse or so. The energy isn't there but Jerry's leads are still enthusiastic. A rare Cumberland amps things up slightly and features some nice harmonizing and group play. Women Smarter is very energetic and one of the highlights of the set. The He's Gone>Spoonful is a nice combo but lacks energy. Mr. Fantasy stats the post Space jam off nicely but it quickly segues into a standard Throwing Stones>NFA. It's a shame that the energy from the first set fades as the evening progresses.
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